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had another part ready for the press, and had been on terms with printers for carrying it on; but the troubles within the church, and the fate he saw impending over our beloved Zion, prevented him from proceeding with it. lle, with deep regret, foresaw that far other subjects would soon engross the attention of her iministers, and wholly absorb their time and energies, and had little hope that such a work would find sufficient countenance and favour to induce him to run the risk of publishing it at that time : so, looking to better days, he reluctantly laid it aside for less congenial

Immediately after the publication of the “ Biblical Theology," he commenced a translation from the German of Rosenmuller's Biblical Geography of ( unia," Of this work, which is enriched with # multitude of learned notes by the translator, the first Habane feed in 1836 the second in 1837, and thu that in fortuing Volumes in the series of te (hard bittet. In 1839–40 he compensando esta foto della ftohen pazeriu, commenced by another, Het huwuiley's Faial Bocaur.'

tu su Antals of the Assembly," and i bu teda rekane was published. This work *** lengthened to be a record of the Transactions of the Assembly of the Setia Churelt, whether relating to tigante dos o Judicial Decisions. It is careally compiled and besides being used as a book of

erence, is rendered peculiare interesting by an apRadix of biographical detelles ilustrative documents, and notes

In 1840, he who now discharges the melancholy duty of thus recording the labour of the deceased, was,


along with another friend, the Rev. James Gibson of Glasgow, associated with Mr Morren in the work of editing the “Imperial Family Bible.” About a third of the notes was furnished by Mr Morren. The work was completed in 1844.

During 1841, 1842, and 1843, Mr Morren furnished many valuable articles for Kitto's “Biblical Encyclopædia,”—a work in which he felt an especial interest.

In 1842 he published his “Church Politics”_ already referred to as containing a spirited and able exposition of his views on the questions at that time agitating the Church. This was followed in 1844 by his tracts entitled “The National Church a National Blessing." In the interval he was engaged in the preparation of notes for a “Pocket Edition of the Bible," published by Messrs Blackie in 1845.

The latest published productions of his pen were in the form of contributions to Macphail's Ecclesiastical Journal, a periodical in the success of which he was deeply interested. Before the last of these articles appeared, their lamented author was numbered with the dead.

The writer cannot more appropriately conclude this tribute to the memory of his departed friend, than in the words of Dr Kitto, the accomplished editor of the

Cyclopædia of Biblical Literature,” than whom no man was better qualified to form a correct estimate of Mr Morren’s peculiar acquirements. “It is with all sincerity," says Dr Kitto in a letter of 3d December 1847, " that I declare that I shall miss him greatly; for he has not left many who will enter with the same vigour of mind, the same patient research, and the same variety of attainments, into those questions of sacred history and geography in which I think his greatest strength

lav. To subjects of this kind I strove as much I could to limit his attention; for, although he more than once expressed a wish to have what are in the narrower seuse called theological subjects assigned to him, it seemed to me much better that he should deal with matters which very tewwere so well qualified as himself tu undertake, than with those which are more generaily cultivated br clergymen, and competent writers va wuch are thererire more easily found.

"I will we be supposed from this, that I in any war underrated his theological attainments : far from its very thily cuacur in what I believe to be the gitter pittion, that his work on Biblical Theology is attaga the very best we have; but I apprehended

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“ So he drove out the man, and he placed at the east of the garden

of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”—GENESIS, iii. 24.

THERE is nothing, brethren, which it more nearly concerns us to understand, to consider, and to improve, than the scriptural statement of our nature's apostacy from God. Upon this single fact," that we are fallen creatures," is founded the whole volume of revealed truth; and if this single fact you can successfully controvert so as to exclude it from your creed, then you render nugatory and superfluous the holy volume which lies before me. For, if man be not fallen, I ask you, whence and why are the proclamations of mercy--the plans of grace-the means of restoration? If man be not fallen, where find you the key to the otherwise unfathomable mystery that hangs over our moral constitution and our physical condition, in this present world? If man be not fallen, account to us, if you can,

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But, alas! how is the god become cm, and the most fine gold changed. The crown of righteousness and life-the crown of Exit and dominion—the crown of glory and jor, is fan from our head; woe mto us for we have sinned. The earthlt Eden is no more. And the experience of every cold of Adam tells him that he is fixed down here in a wilderness, and must struggle as he best mar with its privations and vicissitudes; that he inhabits a blighted barren land, a land of pitfalls and graras-a land of drought and deathshade-a land of dangers and of deaths

And is our exclusion from Paradise to be perpetual? is the exile to be etenal? Are we driven out and banished without hope of return? Justls, justly might the record which is before us hare terminated with the sad note in our text.—" So he drore out the man.” For, if the Creator had so determined it, we might (without the slightest impeachment of his honour, or the least infringement of his justice, have remained

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